Artistry in Bamboo:
The Rods of Rolf Baginski
Photographs by Paul Schmookler
Taking a break from working our booth at the largest fly-fishing show
on the East Coast, I wandered around the Garden State Convention Center in an
effort to find any new products that had escaped my scrutiny during the previous day.
As I strolled around The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey, and spoke with people,
it felt more like a reunion a meeting of friends and acquaintances whom I hadnt
seen since that same time the previous year. Yet as I reached the four booths that
comprised the center of the center of the show, I spotted a casually dressed, soft-spoken
gentleman who was carefully describing to a potential customer the details that went into
a set of cased cane fly rods that was on display in front of him. What immediately caught
my attention was that this set of rods was priced at a very respectable dollar amount
and clearly would be on their way to a fortunate client after the show.
Having talked with a number of cane rod makers in the United States, this, I thought,
would be an opportunity to speak with a European about his association with bamboo rod-making.
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